Geoff Shepard
Geoff Shepard was born in Santa Barbara and grew up in Southern California, going to high school in Long Beach and graduating from Whittier College in 1966. He attended Harvard Law School on scholarship and graduated with honors in 1969. He was selected a White House Fellow that same year and assigned to the Treasury Department, where he worked under Paul Volcker, then undersecretary for monetary affairs.

Following his fellowship year, Geoff joined John Ehrlichman’s newly-created Domestic Council staff at the Nixon White House, where he served for five years, first as staff assistant and ultimately as associate director. His primary public policy focus was on “law and order” issues, so he worked closely with senior officials at the Department of Justice. He also served on President Nixon’s Watergate defense team, where he was principal deputy to the lead lawyer, J. Fred Buzhardt.

He left the Ford administration in 1975 and embarked on a thirty-five year career in the insurance industry, ultimately becoming senior vice president and corporate secretary of CIGNA Corporation, then senior vice president and general counsel of Reliance Insurance Company, and then president of the corporate division of Karr Barth Associates, Equitable’s largest agency.

For the past four decades, Geoff has arranged and hosted annual reunions of the Nixon/Ford policy planning staffs, consisting of former members of the Domestic Council, the National Security Council, the Office of Management and Budget and the White House officials with whom they worked.

Beginning in 2010, Geoff has helped produce a series of Nixon Legacy Forums, which are oral histories focusing on President Nixon’s various public policy initiatives. The forums are co-sponsored by the National Archives and the Richard Nixon Foundation. They are usually broadcast on C-Span’s American History channel. Forty such forums have been produced to date.

Geoff has authored three books and written dozens of essays on the Watergate scandal, which are described in his website: www.ShepardOnWatergate.com.

He is past president of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association and currently a director of the Richard Nixon Foundation. Geoff and Saundra, his wife of fifty years, live outside of Philadelphia. They have two adult sons.